Consumers of the world unite… you have nothing to lose but your minds
The BBC reports that Lord Peter Mandelson wants to encourage students to behave more like consumers. In reply to a question from a delegate at CBI higher education summit in London, he said:
As students who go into higher education pay more, they will expect more and are entitled to receive more in terms, not just of the range of courses, but in the quality of experience they receive during their time in the higher education system. If there is a degree of passivity then, I hope, that without rejoining our student population to take to the barricades, that they become pickier, choosier and more demanding consumers of the higher education experience.
…’take to the barricades’? No fear of that Mandy. Most consumers are more inclined to dawdle to the check-outs. It’s citizens that ‘take to barricades’. The pacific stupidity of consumerism prevents any such revolutionary impulses among students these days.